20-21 MVHS Health and Safety Plan

  • Goals:

    1. Protect the health and safety of students and staff - physical, emotional and mental.  
    2. Consistent with local health authorities’ recommendations
    3. Guaranteed and viable curriculum for all students and schools.  
    4. Adaptability and flexibility with evolution of COVID 19.  
    5. Emphasize a culture of personal accountability and high integrity
    6. Encourage predictable patterns of behavior 
    7. Limit Interactions & Isolate groups as much as possible.  The more proactive and self-contained plans are, the less impact a building will have when they have a positive case.  When there is a positive case does the plan and effective implementation of the plan result in remote learning for an impacted classroom, grade, POD, school vs multiple schools and/or entire District. 
  • Click here to see full West Ada School District Fall Reopening Plan

Facility Strategies

  • Administrator and custodian walk-through: 

    • The Principal or his designee from the administrative team will complete a building walk-through with the head custodian once a week.
    • The intent of the walk-through is to identify any troublesome areas and to remedy the concern in a timely manner.

    Cleaning processes: 

    • Frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitizing is of upmost importance in preventing the spread of COVID Therefore, WASD has ensured that we have enough inventory of soap. 
    • Wall mount hand sanitizer stations have been purchased for placement outside every classroom. 
    • Disinfectant will be provided to teachers to clean student desks after each class period.
    • WASD will be disinfecting daily, frequently touched surfaces such as doors and door handles, light switches, and hand railings with the Victory sprayer (an electrostatically charged sprayer) in conjunction with the chemical; BruTab 6S (Disinfectant tablet).
    • 2 times a week schools will have a deeper disinfection of desktops, tables, and other surfaces tops with a chemical called SC Johnson TruShot Disinfectant. Along with this 2 times a week locker fronts and Locker rooms will be disinfected with the Victory Sprayer in conjunction with the BruTab 6S (Disinfectant Tablet). 

    Classroom layout: 

    • Teachers will rearrange student desks to maximize distance and minimize face to face contact.
    • All nonessential items will be removed once the administrator walk-through has happened. Examples of nonessential items are those that have no instructional, learning, or job-related purpose. 

    Library use, access and furniture: 

     

    • All physical distancing guidelines are in effect during use of the library.
    • Access to the library will be on a limited basis.
    • Only a certain number of students will be allowed in the library during lunch.
    • All cloth furniture, and difficult furniture to clean will be used on a limited basis, or will not be accessible, during the 2020-2021 school year.

    Computer lab use and cleaning: 

    • Computer labs will solely be used for academic classes.
    • Students will use the hand sanitizer immediately upon entering the classroom and will sanitize their workstation as a regularly scheduled task when directed by the teacher.

    Signage:

    • Physical distancing signage or markings that serve as reminders have been placed on the floors in the following areas:
    • Main office lobby (including portable plexiglass barrier)
    • Counseling office lobby (including portable plexiglass barrier)
    • Bookkeeping office (including portable plexiglass barrier)
    • Library desk (including portable plexiglass barrier)
    • Select offices of at-risk employees
    • Directional expectations in the hallway will be clearly communicated. Students will walk down the righthand side of the hallway.  Doors will be clearly marked with signage; “Entrance Only” and “Exit Only” where applicable.

Operations Strategies

  • Bell Schedule: 

    • High school bell schedule will be posted on the MVHS website for the 2020-21 school year.

    School Arrival: 

    • We will have a designee stationed at the bus and student drop off areas.
    • Students will remain on the bus until they are given the okay to be released.
    • All students entering the building will enter through doors marked “ENTRANCE”.
    • Student drivers will park in designated areas, exit their cars and enter through designated entrance doors.
    • Regardless of how the student arrives at school, once they are in the building, they will walk through the building (using the right side of the hallway) and head to class. Security and administrative staff will assist in monitoring the hallway.
    • We are asking that students arrive no sooner than 7:10am. In the instances when students arrive prior to the specified arrival time, they will be required to go directly to the cafeteria.  Appropriate physical distancing is expected.     
    • Staff will remind students to sanitize hands prior to entering the classroom.

    School Departure: 

    • The students will be released at the end of the day by using the closest exit.

    Release/transition times: 

    • Passing periods will be 5 minutes and students will walk on the right side of the hallway.   
    • Students will exit the building using the nearest exit doors.
    • Staff members will be in the hallway during the transitions to support and reinforce the protocols.
    • Students are expected to immediately report to their next period. Congregating in groups in the hallway will not be allowed.

    Breakfast: 

    • Students will be allowed to retrieve breakfast items upon entering the building in the morning, eat, and then report to their 1st period class.
    • All physical distancing protocols will be encouraged.
    • The school nutrition staff and the building administration will coordinate the development of a plan that is suitable for the limited amount of time the students will have to consume their food.  

    Lunch: 

    • Students who leave campus during lunch must do so in a timely manner using the nearest exit.
    • To provide as much physical distancing as possible, students that choose to eat in the cafeteria will be expected to be seated with a limited number of students per table.
    • We will also allow students to sit along the wall in the hallways during lunch.
    • Brown bag lunches will be available to students in a few different locations so students do not need to all report to the cafeteria to get their lunch.   
    • Teachers may choose to allow a minimal number of students to eat in their classroom under their supervision. During the lunch break, students may congregate in the hallways so long as physical distancing protocols are followed. 
    • During the warmer months and when weather conditions allow, students will be encouraged to be outside during lunch and to follow social distancing protocols.
    • Students who eat lunch off campus will return to the building in time to begin their 3rd period class.
    • At the end of lunch, students will go immediately to their next class.
    • Staff members will be present to support and reinforce gathering of students and the movement through the building.
    • The school nutrition staff and the building administration will coordinate the development of a plan that is suitable for the limited amount of time the students will have to consume their food.
    • All students will be reminded to use the available hand sanitizer and/or washing their hands prior to eating their lunch.  

    Performance-based courses: 

    • The administration will work closely with the Performing Arts and Physical Education teachers to create as much physical distancing space as possible while the students are all in one location.
    • All nonessential items will be removed from the classrooms and students will be spread out as much as possible.
    • Teachers will have the opportunity to arrange for classes to be held outside.

    PE lockers: 

    • The attendance routines adopted by the staff will support the physical distancing expectations.
    • The PE lockers have been color coded to support physical distancing and students will access their locker to dress down based on the color of their locker.
    • Cardiovascular cool down period will be provided prior to entering the locker room.

    School lockers:  

    • Lockers will not be assigned during the 2020-21 school year and will be allowed to carry backpacks.
    • Individual accommodations will be reviewed by administration.

    Device management:  

    • Distribution:
      • All schools will have a device distribution plan that will be communicated to students, staff and parents prior to the start of school.
    • Insurance:
      • All schools will have a process to offer and track insurance.
    • Maintenance:
      • All schools will have a plan to maintain and support the devices which will include the student tech aides.
    • Student tech aides:
      • The administration will work closely with the District Network Tech and the student tech aides to create a process that allows for quick troubleshooting of minor issues.  The student tech aides will primarily work from the library and will be “on call” to provide support in library every period of the school day. 

Student Strategies

  • Return to school:

    • The staff will create a video that welcome and celebrate the students back to school and communicate expectations of the 2020-2021 school year.
    • The counseling department will create protocols for the students to follow if there is any discomfort about being in the school.

    Ongoing training:

    • A series of videos explaining the expectations for physical distancing, hand hygiene, coughing and mask use will be created that will serve as reminders for the students.

    Physical distancing:

    • Students are expected to follow the physical distancing guidelines set forth by the school.
    • The expectations are that students do not congregate in groups in the hallways. This will keep the flow of traffic moving and allow others to distance themselves as much as possible.
    • Floor markers and standing signs will be appropriately placed throughout the school reminding the students to stand at least 6 feet away from another person.
    • All staff members will provide support and reinforcement of the desired behavior.

    Hand cleaning:  

    • Frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitizing is of upmost importance in preventing the spread of COVID. 
    • Wall mount hand sanitizer stations have been purchased for placement in every classroom.

    Coughing/Sneezing:

    • Students will be reminded to cough/sneeze into their upper arm and away from others at all time.
    • They are encouraged to report having a cough to their parents and school nurse if the cough recently developed.

    Mask use:

    • All students must wear a mask. Students will be reminded to keep the mask over their nose and mouth and to not touch it with their hands.
    • Students should not share their masks with other students.

Parent Strategies

  • Reporting student absences:

    • Parents will report an absence by calling the schools absence phone number.
    • In the case that a student has contracted the virus, the parent is requested to provide this information to the attendance secretary.

    Student drop off & pick up:

    • Parents are requested to exclusively use the designated student drop off & pickup location before and after school.

    Building access and visitation:

    • Parents will be asked to wait outside when picking up their child.
    • When the need to enter the school exists, the parent will be restricted to the office area.
    • Having lunch at the school with their child will not be permitted during the 2020-2021 school year.
    • During the 2020-2021 school year no parent drop-ins will be permitted.
    • Parents will request an appointment when it is necessary to meet in person with school personnel.
    • Masks will be required when entering the building.
    • Visitors will not be permitted during the school day.
    • A Teams meeting or phone conference is the most desirable manner to hold a parent meeting.  

    How to help:

    • Continue to monitor your child’s physical condition.
    • If your child is sick, please keep them home.
    • Similar to the school environment, it is imperative that the home is kept as clean as possible and proper hygiene protocols are followed.
    • An isolation room (in the nurses office) will be created for students who show mild symptoms and needs to be picked up.
    • Masks must be worn.
    • A table will be placed outside the building and parents can alert the office when dropping items off for their child. Items must be clearly marked with the name of the student.   

Staff Strategies

  • Return to work:

    • At the beginning staff meeting, all staff members will review this plan.
    • Staff will discuss methods to maintain communication with the students, parents and staff.

    Physical distancing:

    • All staff members are expected to follow the physical distancing guidelines to the best of their ability.
    • Staff should be aware of their surroundings. Staying within 6 feet of others for longer than 15 minutes increase risk of exposure. 
    • Floor markers and standing signs will be appropriately placed throughout the school reminding the students to stand at least 6 feet away from another person whenever possible.

    Hand cleaning:  

    • Frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitizing is of upmost importance in the prevention of the spread of COVID. 
    • Wall mount hand sanitizer stations have been purchased for placement outside every classroom.

    Cough/Sneeze:

    • Staff will be reminded to cough/sneeze into their upper arm and away from others at all time.
    • Staff is encouraged to monitor their physical feelings and to stay home if needed.

    Mask use:

    • Teachers will support the students in the proper use of the mask as well as demonstrate their awareness of how they respond when properly wearing a mask.

    Common places expectations:

    • Staff meetings:
      • All staff meetings will follow social distancing recommendations.
    • Copy room/ Staff Lounge:
      • Proper physical distancing is a must while in the copy room and staff lounge.
    • Substitute & volunteers:
      • The substitutes will be provided a copy of the highlights of the Building Health and Safety plan and reminded of the expectations at the time of check-in.
      • Volunteers will be discouraged during the 2020-2021 school year unless specific arrangements are made between the teacher and the administration.

Other Consideration Strategies

  • COVID Testing & Reporting:

    • Utilizing existing processes for communicable diseases, positive COVID cases, knowledge of individual who has received a COVID test and is awaiting results, or knowledge of an exposure, will be reported to the Health Services department with consideration of the following:
      • Confidentiality with ADA and HIPAA WILL be maintained
      • Staff member contacts school nurse. School nurse will follow Health Services process for handling of communicable diseases
      • Athletics – Staff member will notify ATC/AD in addition to school nurse
      • Independent decisions to send out communication will not occur.

    Evacuation Drills

    • Evacuation/Fire drills will be done monthly by individual teachers (not the entire school at once) walking students out to their designated spots as required by the state.

    Orientation:

    • Will be decided by the individual school and will follow social distancing protocols.

    Assemblies:

    • All physical school assemblies will be canceled during the 2020-2021 school year.  Schools will provide other options during the school year.

    Parent-Teacher Conferences:

    • Parent-Teacher conferences will be held via Teams or over the phone and by appointment only.
    • Each appointment will last approximately 3-5 minutes.
    • Conferences needing more than 3-5 minutes will be rescheduled during a coordinated time between the parent and teacher.

    Dances:

    • All dances for the 2020-2021 school year have been cancelled until further notice.